Rules of the 2021 Massarosa International Piano Competition

Art. 1. The eleventh Massarosa Piano Competition is open to young pianists of all nationalities born on or after May 30, 1991, and will be held from June 9th to June 12th, 2021.

Art.2. The application should be completed, with all the details requested, on the form available at the site, and must be submitted no later than May 15, 2021.  A non-refundable admission fee of €100.00 must be payed to “Associazione Musicale Massarosa”  either directly using the admission payment page on the site and a payPal account or a Mastercard or Visa Credit Card,  or via bank transfer to the following coordinates:

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Via Spada Cenami 6/8 Massarosa
Via Spada Cenami 6/8,  55054 Massarosa (LU)
Associazione Musicale Massarosa

The following documents must be attached together with the application form:

  1. A legal document (a photocopy) stating the applicant’s date of birth and nationality.
  2. A receipt of payment of the entrance fee (in case the payment has not been made via payPal).
  3. A complete programme of the music chosen to be performed. Any changes to the repertoire must be submitted by May 15, 2021.
  4. A curriculum vitae  (2000 characters maximum).
  5. A recent signed high resolution photograph.
    In case the payment is made via bank transfer, the printed proof of the payment must be attached to the application form.

Candidates will not be admitted to the competition unless payment and all documents has been received.

Art. 3. Contestants admitted to the competition must abide by the competition rules. The Italian text of the rules is definitive. With his application the contestant consent, according to D.L. 30/06/2001 n.196, with the publication of his personal dates for promotional and artistic purposes.

Art. 4. If necessary, the competition board will limit the number of participants on the basis of the date of application. In this case, the entrance fee will be returned to those not allowed to participate.

Art.5. All competitors must present an identity document  at 8:30 a.m. of June 5, 2019 at the secretariat at the Theatre Vittoria Manzoni, Piazza Pompeo Provenzali,  Massarosa (Lucca). Latecomers will be excluded from the competition.

Art. 6. The playing order of competitors will be determined by ballot before the first stage. Competitors who are not ready to perform when called upon to do so may be disqualified.

Art. 7. All works performed must be played from memory. No works may be repeated during subsequent stages.

Art. 8. A member of the jury is not allowed to present candidates with whom he had a teaching relationship in the last two years.

All jury members will sign a statement regarding their relation to any of the competitors, before the beginning of the competition.

Art. 9. The jury consist of five eminent musicians representing different countries. The decisions of the jury will be final and beyond appeal.

Art. 10. The jury retains the right to stop a performance if the competitor exceeds the allowed time. Repeats may be included or omitted at the applicant’s discretion.

Art. 11. Admission from one stage to another is decided by simple majority vote. The admission to the final is voted by points. The number of competitors entering each stage will be decided by the jury.

Art. 12. The jury may award ex-aequo prizes, or may decide to award no prizes in case of none of the candidates’ being deemed worthy.

Art. 13. All stages of the competition are open to the public.

Art. 14. Participants of the competition may not request in any way indemnity for their performances during the competition.

Art. 15. Travel and accommodation costs will be at the candidates’ own expense.

Art. 16. The competition organizers can accept no responsibility for accidents that candidates might suffer due to their participation in the competition.

Art. 17. The artistic director has the right to make all final decisions and to resolve any pertaining issues.

The programme to be played in the whole of the two rounds of the competition must include:  

at least one work composed in the 18th century (i.e. 1700),
at least one work composed in the 19th century (i.e.1800),
and at least one work composed in the 20th or 21st century (i.e. 1900 or 2000).

N.B. A piece is considered as belonging to a century looking at the date of composition of the piece.

First round
Compositions of contestant’s choice
(total duration approximately 15/20 minutes).

Compositions of contestant’s choice
(total duration 35/40 minutes).

1st Prize: Euros 5000,00
2nd Prize: Euros 2500,00
3rd Prize: Euros 1500,00

The winner will play a concert at the Fondazione culturale Pomara-Scibetta in Massarosa.

In case of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic the competition will be held online.